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Three points: In 1770 Oliver Goldsmith published The Deserted Village, which opened with "Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain" and continued "where crouching Tigers wait their hapless prey." So Auburn has had claim to the Tiger nickname a lot longer than you other pretenders. Second, Auburn fans never refer to Auburn as War Eagles. We shout "WAR EAGLE!", it's our battle cry, not who we are. Third, if had to change our nickname, we would be the Plainsmen, as in Plainsman Park where our baseball team plays. We were the Plainsmen before we were the Tigers. WAR EAGLE!